The Devils have met with potential first overall pick, Nolan Patrick, at the NHL Scouting Combine, according to Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.
The team met with the 18-year-old on the first day of the six-day combine, and Patrick said the meeting was straightforward.
"It was straightforward questioning, they were really friendly," Patrick said. "They asked at one point what was most important to me, being a top scorer or winning the game. That answer is pretty obvious: winning the game."
It was the second time Patrick spoke with the Devils. The first came last month when GM Ray Shero traveled to Winnipeg to meet the prospect in his hometown.
The Devils are reportedly between choosing Patrick, and another center in Nico Hischier, at the June 23 draft in Chicago. They are scheduled to interview Hischier after the combine activites Tuesday.
"I'm a real competitive guy and I want to be the best player in the draft," Patrick said, "but at the end of the day, whether I go No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3, it's just a chance to try out for that team. At the end of the day, I'd be honored to play anywhere."
Patrick did miss 35 regular-season games due to an upper-body injury, and four first-round playoff games from a lower body injury. He will be evaluated at his medical exam Wednesday.
Playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League last season, Patrick won the Canadian Hockey League Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award posting 20 goals and 26 assists in 33 games.